Fylde MP secures commitment over nuclear fuel support

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has secured a commitment from the Chancellor of the Exchequer for continuing Government support for Fylde’s nuclear fuel industry.

The Member of Parliament spoke to the Rt Hon George Osborne in the House of Commons following Wednesday’s Comprehensive Spending Review announcement.

During the session, Mr Menzies thanked the Chancellor for supporting the north of England and added: “My constituency is the powerhouse of the northern economy because we manufacture the nuclear fuel that fuels almost every reactor in the UK.

“Will the Chancellor do everything he can to ensure that fuel for the new nuclear reactors that he spoke about today is made in Fylde?”

Mr Osborne replied: “I certainly give my hon. Friend a commitment that we will continue investing in his constituency, which he champions so effectively.

“He is right to say that north-west England is an area with real expertise in nuclear power, and we have made a big commitment not just on the development of this generation of nuclear power stations, but on the small modular reactors about which there is real expertise not just in south Yorkshire but in the north-west.”

Following the session, Mr Menzies said it was important highly-skilled workers from Fylde benefited from any additional fuel needs for new UK reactors.

He added: “I believe it is important we have an energy mix in the UK to prevent any future issues with supply and nuclear will play its part in that.

“At Springfields in Fylde, we have the expertise and experience of producing fuel for reactors in the UK and around the world and we are now seeing more jobs and apprenticeships being created in that sector.

“I was delighted that the Chancellor recognised our important role within the industry and committed to ensuring that Fylde will continue to be a major player in this area moving forward.”

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP with former Energy Minister, John Hayes MP, at Springfields Nuclear Fuels

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